It's massive, it's dangerous, and it looks HELLA fun. Shot by filmmaker Devin Graham on the Canon 5D Mark II, it's most likely the widest slip 'n slide in the world (the exact location remains a secret):
What's with Russians jumping to icy depths (re: near death)? Exhibit A.
Snow fort + Star Wars = coolest dad in the world. Says Redditor jabo27 : “I actually measured out my son’s big toy AT-AT to get the different parts to the right ratio, but then that all went out the window when I actually started building it in the yard. At least you can crawl into the head (from the back side), through the neck and up a deck on the body. and then slide down it’s ass.”
MIT students get to have all the fun... Mike Nawrot and Romain Teil constructed their fully-functional, homemade wooden roller coaster in just two weeks, aptly named the Reverse Cowgirl. We've seen lots of thrill-seeking backyard contraptions, but this one imprisons the rider in a freaky vertical position:
Please. Do NOT try this at home. Previously, Russian Roulette Bridge Jumping.
Remember jumping rope on the playground as a kid? The Kings Firecrackers of Ohio have taken the schoolyard practice into Hollywood epic proportions- literally. The talented 4th-8th graders have inspired a movie in the works. (Bring it on, Bring It On.)
Usually there's something semi-dissatisfying about greatest hits compilations on YouTube, but People Are Awesome is pretty amazing. And being this is WonderHowTo, we are all about celebrating people doing amazing things. (*In fact, if you're continual reader, you will see many familiar faces below.)
The Lying Down Game doesn't require the skill parkour does. In fact, it doesn't require any skill at all, which means anyone and their grandma can do it. Founded in the UK, The Lying Down Game is described as "Parkour...for those who cant be arsed". The rules are simple:
Air New Zealand is looking for a spokesperson for the Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment project, a two-week adventure in Antarctica, where the chosen candidate will join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards to document environmental issues and important research being conducted by research teams sponsored by Air New Zealand and Antarctica New Zealand.
It's the newest craze to hit the web and it's called "tarp surfing". Somehow it is out and out ingenious. Simple and infectiously fun (for some reason, the resourceful silliness of it is right on par with CD-R bubble blowing).
Man, I can't tell you how sorry I am that I missed this year's 14th Annual Summer Redneck Games, a competition held yearly in East Dublin, Georgia. Fiercely proud hillbillies from across the deep South compete in the following contests: the Armpit Serenade, Bobbin’ for Pigs Feet, the Mud Pit Belly Flo, and Watermelon Seed Spitting.
When John Ivers grew tired of the long lines at amusement parks, he decided to build his very own roller coaster - in his backyard. Called the Blue Flash, the roller coaster is said to have the same safety standards as official park coasters, and even has a 360 degree loop.
More than 1,200 students and staff from the University of Alberta set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest dodgeball game in early February. The group nearly tripled the former record of a 450-person game. Awesome aerial footage of the event below.
We have seen it before (previous post: Human Powered Ferris Wheel), but it never gets any less amazing. Talk about resourcefulness. No need for electricity. Use humans to power your ferris wheel (if you had one sitting around... I wish I had one). Via Make,
My stomach is doing somersaults just watching this. Looks fun, albeit incredibly dangerous. Take it down a notch (or fifty) and build an indoor swing this winter. Previously, Deeply Trusting Female Volunteers Bod to Redneck Science: First Human Slingshot.
Breakdancing. Acrobatics. Gymnastics. Human jump roping fits in all. And why not? It's frickin' awesome. (Image credit: Flickr user envycleopatra.)
According to Google's (albeit rough) translation from French to English: "A big wheel in India that does not work with an engine but using human power. Men throw themselves in front of the wheel to rotate due to their weight."
Well, maybe these folks aren't redneck. That is a pretty nice house, and that slingshot doesn't look too jery rigged. But the idea of a human slingshot is certainly redneck (and lotsa fun). Previously, Build a Redneck Roller Coaster.
Jeremy Reid has created what quite possibly may be every child, teenager and adult's dream: the backyard roller coaster. This thing sure beats my childhood swing set.
Who is hula hoop boy? I'm dying to find out more information about this kid. According to YouTube, he is thirteen years old and managed to keep 30 hula hoops going. Whoever he is, he's incredible.